Just a year ago, I was excitedly prattling to my daughter about kindergarten round-up, gearing her up for a grand new adventure. Despite the overwhelming emotions a mother feels over her first-born heading off to kindergarten, I had visions...
Since back to school season has started, we’ve seen and heard plenty about packed lunch ideas for kids, but here’s a secret: moms eat too! Some of us even like to pack our lunch and put thought into our...
Our daughter started kindergarten last week. Earlier this spring I learned how our county public schools use a “staggered start” for kindergartens. Essentially, this stagger start has incoming kindergarteners come to school in small groups once a week for...
My kid is so ready for Kindergarten. He has his backpack, lunch box, a can-do attitude and he is roaring to go. As for me? Not so much. I've known this day was coming for a long time. Through the terrible...

Front-Loading Summer

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As I fold the freshly laundered back to school clothes, I think that I might as well clear out the drawers and trade out the summer clothes for fall. And then I realize IT’S STILL SUMMER! Those cute fall...
Does class size in preschool really make a difference? There are a multitude of reasons why many educators and researchers believe smaller class sizes are optimal for children in the preschool years. However, with smaller class sizes, usually come higher...
Dearest Firstborn, you are the lucky one. Your father and I have tried out all of our best intentions on you. The rules, the freedoms, the second-guesses. You are our greatest experiment. And now, here you are, a freshman in...

Back to School Sanity Savers

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School is back in session and all the activities are about to be in full swing. Our children are getting used to a new routine and moms are about to embark upon one of the craziest times of the...
As summer break comes to an end and a new school year begins, we can all sigh with relief that routine, structure and early bedtimes are just around the corner, but so are chaotic weekday mornings. Last year, my toddler...
As we begin a new school year, you will invariably start hearing the stories from your child: At lunch, Mary sat with Brittany instead of me. Brad pushed me at recess. We got in a fight, and we aren’t...
Do you remember playing 20 Questions when you were younger? Did you also play this game in high school or college — maybe a R-rated version? The way 20 Questions works is that one person thinks of an object...
I’m pretty sure the first time someone asked me if I thought I would put my twins in the same school classroom was when I was still pregnant. I couldn’t tell you what my exact answer was, but I'm...

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Best Pizza Places in Knoxville

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There’s no question kids love pizza! And, who are we kidding? Adults love pizza too! That’s why Knoxville Moms has put together this list...
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